Thursday, July 24, 2014

Israeli Footballers Beaten Up By Palestenians During A Football Match

Israeli football team Maccabi Haifa's game against French side Lille had to be stopped after pro-Palestinian protesters stormed the pitch.
Supporters of reportedly Turkish origin ran onto the field in the Austrian stadium where the game was played and headed for the Maccabi players, sparking ugly scenes.
One of the players is seen to trip a fan before punches were thrown. The Maccabi players - some of whom retaliated - managed to leave the field unhurt.
Maccabi Haifa denounced the attack, saying the club 'believes in co-existence, tolerance and is against violence'
VIDEO Scroll down to watch protestors storm the pitch and attack Maccabi players
Attack: Protestors storm the pitch and appear to attack the Maccabi Haifa players
Attack: Protestors storm the pitch and appear to attack the Maccabi Haifa players
Ugly scenes: Protestors attack the Maccabi Haifa players forcing the game to be called off early
Ugly scenes: Protestors attack the Maccabi Haifa players forcing the game to be called off early
Brawl: Protestors and Maccabi Haifa players clash after the game is stopped
Brawl: Protestors and Maccabi Haifa players clash after the game is stopped
A club statement given to the Jerusalem Post added: 'This didn't happen because of sport or football, it happened because we are a team which represents Israel.'

Hitting back: Several Maccabi Haifa players were spotted fighting back after being attacked
Hitting back: Several Maccabi Haifa players were spotted fighting back after being attacked
Tension: Pro-Palestinian supporters attacked the Maccabi Haifa players
Tension: Pro-Palestinian supporters attacked the Maccabi Haifa players
The Israeli ambassador to Germany, Yakov Hadas-Handelsman, said this week: ‘They pursue the Jews in the streets of Berlin… as if we were in 1938.’ 
During the football match fight yesterday, banners calling for the liberation of Palestine were displayed by certain sections of the crowd.
Lille said on its Twitter feed that the referee called a halt to the game after a group of youths, waving Palestinian flags and placards, ran onto the pitch with just three minutes of the game left.
After a series of brief scuffles, the protestors were led away by security officers with the French side 2-0 ahead at the time.
Making their point: Supporters were seen with banners demanding the freedom of Palestine
Making their point: Supporters were seen with banners demanding the freedom of Palestine
Apprehended: A security guard manages to pull down one of the protestors
Apprehended: A security guard manages to pull down one of the protestors
Allon Sinai, a sports journalist for the Jerusalem Post, wrote: 'Punches and profanities were exchanged between the handful of youngsters, who waved Palestinian and Turkish flags throughout the match, and the Haifa players, who were mainly stunned by the scenes.
'The security stewards on hand were slow to react, but ultimately the situation calmed down, with several of the protesters being escorted out of the stadium and the Haifa players leaving the pitch unscathed.'

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